Annual Shutdown Period

We are closed for our annual summer shutdown from Monday 14th September 2020, re-opening Monday 21st September. During this period our phones will be switched off and all enquiries (emails/contact forms) will be dealt with in full upon our return to the office. After an extremely busy and stressful 5 months (we remained open the entire time working 7-day shift patterns), the whole John Skinner team is looking forward to a well-deserved break. Please respect this, and thank you for your patience.

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Our Tooling

Original Specification Tooling

In our workshop, we have a number of original specification HF weld tools for the Jaguar, Austin Healey and Triumph models. Made from brass, these tools are used with our HF welder to emboss patterns into vinyl based seat and panel work for an ‘as original’ finish. By fusing together vinyl and foam under high heat and pressure, our welded seats and panels are built to last with defined weld lines that give a design feature to your car that will endure for years.

Austin Healey HF Weld Tooling

For Austin Healey 3000 Mark 3 BJ8 restorations, we have original specification weld tooling for use across seats and panels. On these cars, the Quarter B Post Panels and Rear Seat Backrests feature a large square weld pattern, whilst the front and rear seats feature a small offset square weld design. This is original for vinyl based seats and panel work, and we can manufacture these parts to original production line specification.

Triumph TR HF Weld Tooling

Weld lines were a common feature across many of the Triumph TR models. The Triumph TR3A had a welded Rear Bulkhead, whilst the Triumph TR4, TR4A, TR5, TR250 and TR6 models had welding across Doors, Pockets and Bulkheads, with a diamond pattern seat welding specific to the TR5, TR250 and TR6 ranges. We manufacture all vinyl Triumph TR interiors to original specification with our dedicated tooling, and we can also apply our welding to leather based panel work.

Jaguar HF Weld Tooling

The Jaguar saloons displayed weld lines across their door panels in a variety of designs depending on the model. We have original specification weld tooling for the MK2, Daimler V8 250, MK10 420G and S-Type 420,  in addition to the XJ-6, XJ-12 and XJ-S models. We can weld both vinyl and leather door panels.

Perforated Embossed Leather

For E-Type, Daimler V8 250, MK10 420G, S-Type 420, XJ-6, XJ-12 and XJ-S LeatherFaced or Full Leather seat restorations, we can apply an embossed finish to the leather surface to imitate the original perforated leather that was seen on these cars. We call this finish ‘Perforated Embossed.’ Although this finish doesn’t create a puncture hole in the leather, it is very similar in finish and design to the original.

We can also apply this finish to Austin Healey 3000 Mark 3 BJ8 and Triumph TR5 – TR6 Full Leather or LeatherFaced seats as an optional upgrade to imitate the original welded vinyl finish on seat work.

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